The host of LIVE! was a no-show for Wednesday morning's episode. Her absence came a day after it was announced longtime cohost Michael Strahan will join Good Morning America on a full-time basis.
While the timing is a bit odd, it's only right that Ripa be very upset to lose her co-host. She has dedicated a large portion of her life to this platform. Ripa will also be absent from the show until Tuesday.
"We are committed to 'Live...', its fantastic production team, and to Kelly Ripa," said a Disney-ABC Television spokesperson in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "We believe the show has a great future. End of story."
Many people feel that money has played an issue in this matter. Another source has said that Ripa is upset over the manner in which she found out that he wasn't going to be on the show anymore.